Have the lies in the mainstream media become so prevalent that there is no longer any escape from fake news?
The answer seems to be no after a reporter for The Weather Channel who was covering Hurricane Florence was busted after a video of him clearly exaggerating the effects of the winds and rain hit Twitter and has now gone completely viral.
Mike Seidel was in Wilmington, NC on Friday and appeared to be holding on for dear life as the storm barreled down on the area but questions – and much mockery – arose when two people casually strolled by in the background and it was all caught by the camera.
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Having been publicly humiliated when one of their ace personalities was staging an Academy Award worthy performance, the network quickly issued a statement defending Seidel – what else could it do?
Via The Hill:
The Weather Channel voiced support for one of its reporters on Friday after a video of him reporting during Hurricane Florence went viral online.
The video clip posted to Twitter appeared to mock the reporter’s hurricane coverage, suggesting he was exaggerating the storm’s force.
The video shows longtime Weather Channel meteorologist and reporter Mike Seidel as he tried to gain his footing as the storm’s winds bore down on him.
“This is about as nasty as its been,” Seidel, who was reporting from Wilmington, N.C., says in the clip while bracing against the wind.
The camera then pans over to a pair of figures casually walking on a road behind the reporter.
“So dramatic!” one Twitter user wrote with the video clip. “Dude from the weather channel bracing for his life, as 2 dudes just stroll past.”
— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
The Weather Channel noted in a statement to The Hill that the reporter was standing on wet grass and was “undoubtedly exhausted.”
“It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted,” the network said.
After seeing this, how could you ever watch hurricane coverage without being suspicious again?
If Seidel ends up being sacked by TWC due to public relations fallout over this stunt, he is a cinch to land a similar gig at CNN. In fact, he’s already passed the audition with flying colors.